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This week, Bird joined the MaaS Alliance, and Lime opened a pop up micromobility community hub in London, plus more from our guest contributor!
Today, we’re excited to have Steven Lopez as our guest host for Movements! Steven is a last-mile delivery pro currently working for a stealth mode startup. And he is an expert in expansion & growth in last-mile delivery. He has helped launch and managed delivery operations in the US.
In the US we think in extreme terms when it comes to last-mile delivery. Whether it's a few bags of groceries, small parcel, or a big-screen TV, we dispatch vehicles with hundreds-of-horsepower engines. This practice has never really made sense.
Historically, cargo bikes were delivering in many niche markets and in wide use before cars and trucks cemented their death grip on urban traffic lanes.
The cargo bike industry has made a comeback and is growing rapidly due to several factors.
Many cities are establishing zero-emissions zones.
Cost of gas and diesel has risen rapidly.
Congested traffic means powerful expensive delivery vehicles are typically traveling at bike-speed or slower in dense areas.
The development of low-cost, lightweight electric motors for small vehicles dramatically boosts the freight delivery capacity of e-assist bikes.
Now is the time to right-size delivery vehicles.
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Right-Sizing Delivery Vehicles / Resilence
India’s Electric Vehicle Push Is Riding on Mopeds and Rickshaws / NY Times
The E-Bike Is Pure Joy / Outside
The E-bike Is a Monstrosity / The Atlantic
Drover AI’s Alex Nesic on using tech to regulate the scooter market / TechCrunch
Bird becomes first micromobility operator to join MaaS Alliance / ZAGDaily
“Our consumer data shows our customers want our brand to move into micromobility” / ZAGDaily
Lime launches pop-up micromobility community hub in London / Moove Electricity
Researchers train AI to predict EV battery degradation / The Next Web
Health staff get on their e-bike to see patients / BBC
The two-wheeled commute: Micromobility and your future / McKinsey
Manhattan needs this new bike lane / New York Daily News
Product Launches & Updates
Zugo Rhino review: A moped-inspired electric bike built for California-style cruising vibes / Electrek
Norwegian Bike Maker Buddy Bike Unveils The sX1 Commuter E-Bike / InsideEVs
Sporty, elegant e-bike from Porsche in cooperation with ROTWILD / Porsche
Ridehailing, Carsharing & Delivery
Hackers caused a massive traffic jam in Moscow using a ride-hailing app / The Verge
Gig Workers Tire of Waiting for Action From Biden’s White House / NY Times
Uber Eats and Nuro sign a 10-year deal to do robot food delivery in California and Texas / The Verge
DoorDash Builds out Food Empire With New Grocery Delivery Partners / PYMNTS
Investment & Deals
Powering up! Dutch startup Lightyear drives in with €81 million to launch solar car this year / Tech.eu
Honda locks up additional EV battery minerals in new partnership with Hanwa / Electrek
Battle Motors Announces Series B Capital Raise of $150 Million / BusinessWire
Cities & Policy
California looks to spur e-bike adoption with new incentive program / Kpbs
'We don’t have enough' lithium globally to meet EV targets, mining CEO says / Yahoo! News
California EV owners asked to curb charging ahead of travel holiday / TechCrunch
New Products, Features, and Data Points
French crash test lab to test pedestrian scooter detection systems / ZAGDaily
When Driving, Tires Emit Pollution. And EVs Make the Problem Worse / Bloomberg
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